News & Opinion

February 17, 2018

Why young New Zealanders self-harm – and what you can do about it

New Zealand has a high rate of self-harm among young people, but there are ways to help them cope, writes Victoria University psychology professor and Listener columnist Marc Wilson. “All the people I see hurt themselves,” said the clinical psychologist from the Youth Specialty Service. “What do you mean, like… Read More

February 15, 2018

Additional research funding for rare cancers

The Federal Government has announced a $69 million boost to help medical researchers in their fight against rare cancers and rare diseases. The funding is aimed at assisting patients who often have few options and poor life expectancy. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government was committed to investing in… Read More

February 15, 2018

Exercise helps muscles and organs communicate

Researchers have shown, for the first time, why exercise has positive health effects across the entire body. The new Australian research, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, reveals tiny protein-filled packages, called vesicles, are used by our muscles and other organs to communicate with each other during exercise. Sydney’s Garvan… Read More

February 13, 2018

Novel motion capture-like technology for tracking how proteins fold into certain

In many modern animated movies, the trick to achieving realistic movements for individual characters and objects lies in motion-capture technology. This process often involves someone wearing a tracking suit covered in small, colored balls while a camera captures the position of those colored balls, which is then used to represent… Read More

February 13, 2018

Scientists develop DNA nanorobots capable of stopping cancer growth

In a major breakthrough, scientists have successfully developed tiny nanorobots made of DNA and protein that can be directed at tumours, stopping them from growing. The study was led by researchers at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and… Read More

February 8, 2018

Anti-obesity programmes aren’t working in UK schools

A year-long anti-obesity programme in UK schools had no noticeable effect on children’s health. The programme increased physical activity in schools, instituted a healthy eating programme with local sporting heroes and held workshops on healthy cooking for families. Fifteen months after the kids started the programme, there was no difference… Read More

February 8, 2018

Internationally-renowned NZ-born medic was relatively unknown back home

An internationally-renowned neurologist who grew up in New Plymouth became better known overseas where he taught at some of the world’s foremost universities and hospitals. Derek Denny-Brown was born in Christchurch but went to school at New Plymouth Boys’ High School after his parents moved to the city in 1913. Read More

February 7, 2018

Danish research has a high level of scientific impact

Danish research is some of the most cited among OECD countries, according to this year’s Research Barometer, which examines Danish research from an international perspective. Denmark ranks among the top 5 OECD countries for scientific impact of publications during the period 2012-2016. And Denmark is ranked first within the 10… Read More

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